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Underground WritingThe London Tube from George Gissing to Virginia Woolf$
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David Welsh

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312236

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315978

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Introduction

Introduction

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Underground Writing
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DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315978.001

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the depiction of the London Underground in the works of several English authors. This volume examines the relevant works of George Gissing, H. G. Wells, Virginia Woolf and George Orwell and discusses the myth surrounding the Tube that can be found in cultural deposits. It also argues that underground writing and reading has made the Tube a ‘knowable community’ because every generation of Tube users is materially rooted in certain locations whether they be stations or lines and came to identify with them in certain ways.

Keywords:   London Underground, English authors, George Gissing, H.G. Wells, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, myth, cultural deposits, community

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